Swimming Pool Blog

  • Install a second skimmer in your above ground pool
    liner skimmers If you’ve ever thought about adding another skimmer to your aboveground pool, then this post is for you. Adding a skimmer to your pool can be accomplished with just a little planning and effort – and very little cost. The cost of the new skimmer can be as low as $50, and adding a skimmer can be done in one afternoon.
    Friday, October 28, 2011 4:44 PM
  • Solar Pool Heaters DeMystified

    OK, so maybe there's not really any mystique about solar pool heaters ~ or is there? ...Certainly there is to some of you, those who have thought what it must be like to harness the heat from the sun and put it into your pool. Free is a nice price for solar pool heat, and if you've ever had to pay for gas to heat your swimming pool, you know that it can cost hundreds per month.
    Monday, October 24, 2011 9:54 PM
  • Swimming Pool pH - Who Cares?
    Rob Cox
    Pool pH - a measurement of the relative acidity or basicity of your pool water. Who Cares?!? Well, your pool surfaces care a whole lot. Low pH and Alkalinity can lead to etched plaster finishes or a vinyl liner that becomes less like vinyl and more like plastic. Plastic fittings on....
    Monday, October 17, 2011 3:08 PM
  • Swimming Pool Heat Pumps: Florida loved, Michigan tested.
    Rob Cox

    Enjoy your pool longer each year, consider replacing your inefficient, polluting and fossil fuel hungry gas pool heater with a sleek, quiet and safe swimming pool heat pump. Dominant in Florida as the number one pool heating option, pool heat pumps operate effectively in all 50 states, install easily and operate at very low cost.
    Friday, October 14, 2011 5:00 PM
  • Swimming Pool Leaf Removal
    I have always thought that trees have no business being planted around a swimming pool. Deciduous trees specifically, those that lose their leaves annually. Evergreen trees, even Pine trees are preferable. No trees around the pool makes for a stark landscape however, and little privacy. Trees also provide nice shade on a hot summer day, and a place for birds to perch and sing. HOW TO PREVENT AND REMOVE LEAVES FROM A POOL.
    Monday, October 10, 2011 6:38 AM
  • Top 3 Pool Chlorinator Problems
    Now, let's take a look at some of the problems that a pool owner may have with chlorinators.
    Monday, October 03, 2011 10:26 AM
  • VGB Update - CPSC reverses earlier decision
    This past week, the CPSC redefined the definition of an unblockable drain, reversing an earlier decision made which allowed for installing a unblockable drain cover - on a blockable drain. Problem with that is, as pointed out in the thoughtfulletter to the CPSC sent by Nancy Baker, the mother of Graeme - that drains break or work themselves loose, and then a grave danger exists. The high profile loss of Abigail Taylor and Zachary Cohn were due to missing drain covers.
    Thursday, September 29, 2011 7:59 PM
  • Fall Swimming Pool Safety Checklist
    Time to do a pool safety scan! Whether or not you close your pool for the winter, or enjoy that blue water all year 'round, taking some time twice per year to inspect your pool for pool safety concerns makes good sense. Think of it like checking the batteries in your smoke detectors, important details that can be forgotten easily.
    Monday, September 26, 2011 2:45 PM
  • Mesh Safety Pool Covers are Green!
    Mesh safety pool covers are usually green colored, this is true - although you can buy them nowadays made in nearly any color. This post is about how and why mesh pool covers are environmentally friendly. Mesh pool covers are green, or eco-friendly, and if you have one on your pool for winter use or as a year 'round safety cover - you are making a reducing landfill waste, reducing plastic manufacturing and are also saving water.
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:26 PM
  • Other People's Pools - Get your Swim On!
    Times are tough - finding a good pool to crash can be difficut these days. Budget cuts have been severe, and many public pools in the U.S. have had their seasons shortened, or have chosen not to open their pools.
    Monday, September 12, 2011 2:40 PM
  • 5 swimming pool exercises you can do in 10 minutes
    In a recent survey on pool use, on our facebook page (not very scientific, I know), we found that pool owners listed Fitness as a less important benefit to them in the use of their pool. Fun and Relaxation topped the survey results, but good 'ol pool exercise or pool workouts, got barely a mention.
    Friday, September 09, 2011 9:52 AM